In spite of the increasing warnings from health organizations and mass media about the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle on preventing obesity, the popularity of obesity among US citizens has more than doubled over the past four decades. Obesity has become one of the most common, serious and costly types of diseases in the United States. Below are five surprising facts about this epidemic in the USA.
- Obesity is more common than overweight.
According to some figures from a 2012 research, there were 67.6 million Americans older than age 25 in 2012 had a BMI over 30, which is considered to be obese. Meanwhile, 65.2 million citizens suffered from overweight condition, with their BMIs being between 25 and 29.9. In fact, many people believe that they just have some excess weights in their body until their BMI is calculated.
- More men are extremely heavy than women.
Most women who are suffering from overweight or obesity are terribly ashamed of their appearance while men tend to pay less attention on this problem. Interestingly, researchers have found that more men than women have extreme weight. In the United States, approximately 75 percent of men are overweight or obese while the figure for women is 67 percent. Clearly, compared to women, more men are fighting with their waistline.
- More women are obese than overweight.
Among women who have excessive weights, the number of the ones who are classified as obese accounts for 37 percent while the percentage of those who are considered to be overweight is 30 percent.
- Blacks communities share the highest rate of obesity.
African American adults are approximately 1.5 times as likely to be obese compared with White adults. Figures have shown that about 47.8 percent of African Americans are suffering from obesity (including 39 percent of men and 57 percent of women).
- Latino Americans are struggling with the scale too.
There is also a growth in the rate of obesity among Latino Americans recently. The researchers have shown that 43 percent of Mexican American women and 38 percent of Mexican American men are obese.
With the non – stop spread of obesity among the United States citizens, more of them will certainly develop higher risk of serious diseases such as with type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer. It’s time organizations and individuals pay more attention on how to prevent and deal with this epidemic.
“There are many things we can do to interrupt this worrisome and costly trend, and the benefits go well beyond what’s obvious to the eye,” said Graham A. Colditz, one of the study’s authors, “Some cancers, for example, can be prevented by eating a healthy diet, exercising and keeping weight in check. We need to do what we can to change behaviors of current and future generations to reverse this preventable societal burden.”